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2 years ago#1
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-raj-persaud/religion-depression_b_3928675.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

Thoughts? Comments? Not really a surprise to me. I know before I deconverted, religion actually made the world more complex and complicated, with all of those nonsensical, contradictory premises and all. I'd try to see purpose where there was none, and often wonder when things went wrong if it were God's plan, or if I were being punished, or tested, etc. Religion has the possibility of being a security blanket, but it also has the possibility of making people overthink the situation at hand, trying to make sense of a bunch of extraneous, contradictory concepts that really don't play a role at all.
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2 years ago#2
I can't believe that's actually the title. That's awful.
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2 years ago#3
How so?
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2 years ago#4
Indori posted...
I can't believe that's actually the title. That's awful.

HuffPo has always been garbage.
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2 years ago#5
Yeah, sounds about right. People telling you that there's something innately wrong with you is depressing.
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2 years ago#6
Actually, it's the opposite. I wouldn't be where I am today without God and Jesus in my life.
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2 years ago#7
PRINCESSMAGICAL posted...
Actually, it's the opposite. I wouldn't be where I am today without God and Jesus in my life.


Your experience doesn't dictate the norm.
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2 years ago#8
Faust_8 posted...
PRINCESSMAGICAL posted...
Actually, it's the opposite. I wouldn't be where I am today without God and Jesus in my life.


Your experience doesn't dictate the norm.


Yeah, as someone whose experience is in line with this study I'm actually surprised. I thought that for most religion actually was a security blanket, but it makes sense to me that it is not. It really depends how much you think about it I guess, and how you think about it.
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2 years ago#9
It did mention that results varied between countries. I'd be curious to see how the results compare to the percent of religious and spiritual people in each of those countries.
2 years ago#10
JonWood007 posted...
Faust_8 posted...
PRINCESSMAGICAL posted...
Actually, it's the opposite. I wouldn't be where I am today without God and Jesus in my life.


Your experience doesn't dictate the norm.


Yeah, as someone whose experience is in line with this study I'm actually surprised. I thought that for most religion actually was a security blanket, but it makes sense to me that it is not. It really depends how much you think about it I guess, and how you think about it.


I'm actually not that surprised, I mean people are people, no matter their beliefs. In any case, its only one study, and as the article itself points out, there have been previous studies that contradict these findings.

That said, my life has improved considerably since I became a Christian. But seeing as that coincided with a number of other major changes in my life, I'm not going to give credit to the religion for that.
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